There are reports circulating in the industry about a disagreement between Ayan Mukerji, the director of Brahmastra, and Dharma Productions. Last week, Mukerji announced the release of Brahmastra Part 2 and Brahmastra Part 3 on social media, but interestingly, Karan Johar and his production house were not mentioned or tagged. This omission has sparked rumors about the nature of their relationship, and some have speculated that Mukerji may be considering working with a different banner for the sequels.
“Ayan’s failure to mention Karan Johar has not gone down too well. More than incensed about the omission the filmmaker is heart-broken that Mukerji has decided on taking such a drastic step of announcing the sequel without any discussion or keeping him in the loop,” Bollywood Hungama quoted its source as saying.
“Karan has been more than gracious to let Ayan run with the concept of Brahmastra. He let the director take his time, which resulted in the film being under production for eight years! Besides this, Karan also ensured that though Brahmastra Part 1 went over budget, the release of the film was not affected. Instead, Karan put much more effort into marketing and promoting the venture. Now, the situation is such that Ayan has announced the sequel leaving Karan out when it was thanks to the latter that the film was made in the first place,” its source added.
Karan has been reportedly hurt by being excluded from Brahmastra 2 and 3, but the filmmaker chooses to maintain a dignified silence. According to reports, Ayan, who owns the intellectual property rights, has initiated discussions with other production companies. One of them has shown interest in leading both projects.
“Karan invested a lot of time and money in getting things right with Brahmastra Part 1. Karan Johar explained in interviews that the investment made in Brahmastra is an investment made in the franchise and not just the one film, so the business of the first film cannot be looked at in isolation. But with this new development, how does Ayan plan to return the investment made by Dharma if he takes the sequel to another producer remains to be seen. Now, with Ayan opting to walk away, it looks like the filmmaker took advantage of Karan’s magnanimous nature to execute what he wanted. This has become another sore point for Karan who has treated the Brahmastra franchise and even Ayan as his own all this while,” its source stated.
Adding to the rumors, it is being speculated that Ayan Mukerji has retained the intellectual property rights for the Brahmastra franchise instead of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. This speculation has gained more credibility as Ayan has started reaching out to other production companies for the upcoming installments, thereby solidifying his ownership of the franchise’s intellectual property.
“Brahmastra featured Alia Bhatt. Obviously, she will also feature in the second and third instalment of the franchise. In such case, the professional relationship between Karan and Alia may also bear the brunt of Ayan’s decision,” its source said.
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